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if NASUWT can implement a work to contract why can't the EIS ramp up the pressure with this also?
it is sustainable
lack of support and resources for CfE
holdingonwhy can't the EIS ramp up the pressure
Because that would be acting like a real union, if they did that.
I won't defend the EIS after the fiasco of last year, but a work to contract is a complete waste of time. It just defers work that ultimatley SMT, local authorities etc insist gets done
The only way to actually get our point across is through striking. Parents may then sit up and take notice.
And we should be striking over CFE not just pensions
pinkfairy2I also feel ts not as effective because some teachers would do it and others wouldn't. In my school there are a few who have said they couldn't work to rule. This ruins it for the ones who do, because it makes them look bad but also, the impact is lost. It would be much more effective than striking, if everyone did it.
davieeeWorking to rule takes far too long to be anywhere near to be effective and if it does become effective the original reason why you started it has more or less been forgotten about.
catmotherThe problem with work to rule is that we have contratual obligations and not doing those would be a breach of contract. Therefore,it becomes impossible to figure out what you have to do and what you can leave out.
catmotherThere might be teachers who can calculate it all and really work to rule but I certainly can't.
Cheesywhosits,I refer you to my previous comment!
I'm aware that some teachers will have no problems calculating what they are doing and standing their grounds about it. Some others,like me,will not be confident about it for various reasons that i'm not going to explain on TES. This is why I prefer striking as a form of protest.
CheesyWotsitsWhilst I appreciate that there may be reasons preventing you from working to rule , I hope you are understanding of those who would prefer not to strike.
I can understand them perfectly. Here's a website which they can use to express their conscientious vews ...
catmotherThe problem with work to rule is that we have contratual obligations and not doing those would be a breach of contract. Therefore,it becomes impossible to figure out what you have to do and what you can leave out. There might be teachers who can calculate it all and really work to rule but I certainly can't.
Not only is it not impossible, it is about to take place as of 14 May.
nittygrittyNot only is it not impossible, it is about to take place as of 14 May.
I'm in the SSTA,therefore I'm well aware that it's about to take place. However,I'm still not convinced of how effective it will be. How long would it take to have any real effect,will people even notice that there is some kind of action going on?
nittygrittyThere might be teachers who can calculate it all and really work to rule but I certainly can't.
Let me help ...
22.5 hours maz contact (tick)
7.5 hrs personal prep (at a time and place etc) (tick)
5 hrs divided according to your school working time agreement. (tick)
The only issue is the 5 hours. If you have parents night that week then that's it. (Most schools allow 5 hrs for pn's including preparation).
In any other week, you look at the tasks involved during the 5 hrs and ask your line manager to prioritise these so that the most important can be competed within your 35 hrs.
I agree, it will be a learning curve but I expect teachers will get the hang of it by August!
Dominie22.5 hours maz contact (tick)7.5 hrs personal prep (at a time and place etc) (tick)5 hrs divided according to your school working time agreement. (tick)
Of course. However,my problem/fear is that to claim that you've used up all your hours and cannot do anything else is to open you to scrutinity about what you have done and when you have done it.
nittygrittyDominie - you have quoted the wrong person!
Indeed.I was the one who said it!
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